Game 7. Eastern Conference Finals. The last time the Miami Heat were in this situation, they were coming off a convincing Game 6 win in 2012 and blew out the Boston Celtics 101-88. What a difference a year makes.
After a notably less-than-stellar performance in the last month of the season, Knicks point guard Jason Kidd said he hasn’t watched any basketball since getting ousted by the Pacers in a devastating game 6 loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
LeBron James scored 30 points, Udonis Haslem made his last eight shots on the way to a 16-point night, and the Miami Heat used a dominant third quarter to turn things around and beat the Indiana Pacers 90-79 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel walked into Monday’s practice with a simple message for players as they adapt to Miami’s new wrinkle – using LeBron James in the post.
The Miami Heat are going to have quite a challenge in front of them from the opening tip of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami must find a way to once again play a near perfect half against the defensive-minded Indiana Pacers.
Some of the players were old, though the Knicks say their team is young in its development. So they feel they need time, not an overhaul, to get further next season.
This year, The Knicks were one of eight teams left and the second-best team in the East. It’s OK to be proud of that. It’s OK to enjoy that. I know I did.
Anthony, who finished with 39 points, scored just four points in the final 12 minutes when he went 2 of 7 from the field.
New York must play the same way Saturday at Indiana, where they’re 0-4 this season, or they’ll be heading home for the summer instead of going home for a decisive seventh game.
After watching Games 3 and 4, it would be hard to make the case that the Knicks can win on Saturday night in Indiana. So why will Game 6 be different? Here’s a dose of hope…
“It’s just a matter of who wants it more,” Carmelo Anthony said. On Thursday night, that was the Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points to help the New York Knicks stay alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 on Thursday night.
All it will take for the Knicks is for someone to hit some shots early. Shooting can be contagious, and the Knicks have all been wearing FEMA suits the past couple of weeks.
Whichever players are on the court for the Knicks when they try to save their season Thursday night, coach Mike Woodson just wants them to shoot with confidence.
On Tuesday night shortly after Game 4 started, @DidJRSmithMiss sent out its first tweet after Smith failed to connect on a 27-foot three-pointer.